Monday, June 17, 2013

Jury Duty and Father's Day

Josh came up for Father's Day and we had a good lunch at Outback with Lana, then came home and did little other than talk and play some of my video game, Rage. Josh showed me some of the drawings from his architecture classes. Great stuff. He's working hard and enjoying himself. It was good to see him.

In the evening, after he headed home, I even got 1000 words done on Wraith of Talera. I've been averaging about a 1000 a day over the last few weeks and that is very good for me. This is the longest stretch I've ever kept up that pace, and several days I've done over 1500. I'm over 62,000 words total now and should be writing the last two scenes this week. Then it will be time to go back over the whole thing and put on the final touches. I'll probably put it up for a few days to get some editorial distance.

Unfortunately, starting to day I've been called for Jury Duty so I don't know how much I'm going to get done this week, and whether I'll do any blogging. Typically here, Jury Duty is a five day commitment, unless you're chosen for a trial and then it might be longer.

So, if you don't see me around the blogs, this is why.

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21 comments:

Angie said...

Hey, major congrats on the productivity! [applause] Best of luck wrapping it up.

I haven't been on jury duty in ages. It wasn't too bad the last couple of times I've gone; I like doing jigsaw puzzles. :)

Angie

Keith West said...

Congratulations on getting some progress made on the current work. Good luck with the jury duty.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hope they don't select you. Take a notebook and try to write while you wait.

Tom Doolan said...

Fathers Day: Awesome
Writing Progress: Excellent
Jury Duty: Sucks

:)

Riot Kitty said...

Ugh, good luck...do they let you bring in pads to scribble?

Oscar said...

Thank God I'm too old for jury duty. The last time I was called the building caught on fire and everyone was sent home.

Snowbrush said...

Jury duty doesn't have to be as big a pain as it often is. Here, you call in the day before you're to serve, and if they don't need you the next day, you're dismissed for the whole term. That's about as painless as it gets. How well I remember going to various courthouse in three states and sitting on my ass for hours everyday wondering if I was going to be called, or if they would send me home around 1:00

Randy Johnson said...

Been there, done that a few times in my life.

Charles Gramlich said...

Angie, I did a lot of reading this morning. Finally got out around 3:00 but I have to go back tomorrow.

Keith, thanks, man.

Alex, I mostly read this morning but I do have a notebook always with me in such cases.

Tom, you got it.

Riot Kitty, in the waiting room, not in the court.

Oscar, egads. I see why they might not call you again. :)

Snowbrush. I got out at 2:30 today. Gotta go back tomorrow. I'm hoping I won't have to go the whole week.

Randy, I've done it a couple of times in other places I've lived.

Deka Black said...

Congrats on productivity... and hope jury duty is short.

Travis Cody said...

Only 2 scenes to go? Wow. Too bad about the disruption for jury duty.

I'm really looking forward to publication date for Wraith. I'll have to get out the trilogy for a re-read soon.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Can't you say no to jury duty, Charles? Jury trials in India were disbanded ages ago. I have only seen them dramatised in the movies. Good luck with the final two scenes!

G. B. Miller said...

If I remember correctly, didn't you go through this aggravation last year?

I'm surprised that your state doesn't do it like Connecticut, in which you get to skip a few years once you've done your jury duty (in our case, it's one and done unless you've been picked).

Charles Gramlich said...

Deka, first day wasn't very short. Got lots of reading done, though.

Travis Cody, thanks, man. You know I appreciate the support.

Prashant, I got it postponed twice because of school but I probably can't get out of it now and I'd rather do it in summer when I'm not going to school every day.

G.B., I haven't "done" Jury Duty in several years. I may have mentioned getting called twice during this last school year and getting it postponed till summer. Now I've got to fulfill it.

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

That's great progress on 'Wraith'. I'm sure you'll be able to finalize your scenes during the jury escapade. It sure is a charge when the writing flows. :)

H&H said...

Glad you had a good Father's Day. Congrats on the writing! Hope jury duty goes quickly.
- Greg

laughingwolf said...

good stuff to be with josh and lana...

grats on the progress - two more scenes, and the real fun begins ;)

depending on the crime, you may pick up some things to include in another tale....

Erik Donald France said...

Congrats on all ~ (a salute for jury duty) ~ great progress ~!

Lisa said...

wow Jury Duty, sounds like from the movies :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Bernard, one of the nicer feelings indeed.

Greg, thanks, man.

Laughingwolf, I definitely soaked in the atmosphere. I wish I'd at least been interviewed for a jury, though.

Erik, I wish I'd been able to be more involved in the jury selection process.

Lisa, except much more boring. :)

jodi said...

Charles-I love the Outback and it's where I go to get my fill of garlic! Happy you had a great Father's Day!